Dr. Brightman figured it would take Daniel six months to walk again. It had only taken four. He had finished the translation on the last Crystal and Sam was getting excited about being able to test the device on a deserted planet. If it worked they'd be able to more effectively shield themselves from any Goa'uld attack.
As per Dr. Brightman's instruction Daniel was keeping the DBS device off as often as possible. Having been on Base all day he hadn't even bothered with it and was now wheeling his way down the hallway. It was strange going between both worlds of ability, and in some ways it actually had advantages.
Rolling up to the elevator Daniel came to a stop and waited for the doors to open. When they did Daniel couldn't help but smile. A terrified raven haired Tanya was once again innocently ridding the elevator. She took a hesitant step forward.
Tanya's dark brown eyes widened and she blushed furiously. Daniel reached out as the elevator door began to slide closed, it automatically opened again.
"I...um...I was just getting off..." Tanya stuttered.
"Not on my account, I hope?"
Honestly not wanting to chase her off the elevator once again Daniel simply gave her no option and wheeled into the small space. She took a step back and stared wistfully at the doors as they closed, as if she was missing her last chance at freedom.
"It's 'Tanya', right?" Daniel asked.
Blushing once again Tanya nodded. Daniel offered his hand for her to shake in greeting. She smiled shyly and accepted it. Her delicate hand was radiating heat. He looked up and smiled brightly at her, and then noticed that it looked for all the world like she was forgetting to breath.
"Are you alright?"
"I'm fine, I..."
Daniel was taken completely by surprise as Tanya's knees suddenly seemed to give way. He automatically reached out and grabbed her around the waist to break her fall. He had just eased her down onto her knees when she snapped back into reality. She looked at him in horror, obviously trying to figure out why their eyes were suddenly at the same level.
"I'm sorry...I honestly thought Sam was exaggerating."
"Colonel Carter warned me that you might pass out." Daniel smiled. "I thought she was kidding."
"This is so embarrassing." Tanya flushed as she got back to her feet. "I'm so sorry, I don't do well in small spaces."
"It's my fault. Let me make it up to you."
"What time are you free to go off Base?"
"Perfect, how about dinner?"
"I'll even stand for the occasion."
Tanya laughed, a delightfully musical sound. For the first time Daniel realized that the elevator wasn't going anywhere. Turning his chair so he could reach the panel he pressed two levels down to 28. He noticed that there weren't any other floors lit and turned back to Tanya.
"Which floor are you going to?"
"I...uh...actually I really was going to get off on 26..."
"Well, that wasn't very gentlemanly of me." Daniel chuckled.
"That's okay, I'll give you a chance to make it up to me."